St Vincent and the Grenadines and Barbados will again clash in Jamaica at the Netball World Cup qualifiers
September 23, 2022
St. Vincent and the Grenadines clash with 8 at Netball Qualifiers

St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG), will jump into action on October 16, 2022 against the USA in a morning game; their first match of the Netball World Cup Qualifiers, to be played at the National Indoor Sports Centre in Kingston, Jamaica.

Later that day, following the opening ceremony, hosts Jamaica will take on SVG with the Vincentians having their third game against Trinidad and Tobago the following evening, October 17, 2022.

The St Vincent and the Grenadines team’s fourth game will be against St Lucia on October 18, 2022, in an evening encounter, and on October 19, they will come up against Barbados in their fifth game.

On day five, October 20, 2022, the Vincentians clash with Antigua and Barbuda, and on October 21, St. they will do battle with the Cayman Islands. The eighth and final match for SVG will be against Grenada on October 22, the final day of competition.

St. Vincent and the Grenadines and the other eight participating countries will be involved in a number of activities prior to the start of actual competition on the courts. There will be a coaching seminar with international presenters, including Jill McIntosh; the Americas Netball Annual General Meeting; as well as a special welcome ceremony for overseas-based teams.

Chair of the local organising committee for the Netball World Cup Qualifiers, Dwayne Gutzmer said “We will have nine teams participating in seven days of exciting netball. It promises to be a world-class event”.

According to Americas Netball President, Marva Bernard Jamaica has already qualified, but the organising committee and Americas Netball felt that adding Jamaica in the mix for the tournament will add some zest to the games.”I know there is a buzz in the region because only two teams will go forward to play in Cape Town in July next year. There are only two spots. I am looking forward to another thrilling, world-class event taking place in Jamaica,” she said. “Not since 2003 have we had a multi-country netball tournament in the Americas region.”

The first match on the fixtures will get underway at 6:00 p.m Jamaica time, on October 16 at the National Indoor Sports Centre in Kingston, Jamaica, and the seven-day qualifying tournament will end on October 22, featuring 36 matches played in a league format. Two teams will join Jamaica, which has already qualified, as the teams from the Americas to compete at the 2023 Netball World Cup from July 28 to August 6, in Cape Town, South Africa.